'Cavemen' Ratings Devolve in Second Week

TVWeek's James Hibberd: Rated

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They came, they saw, and nearly a third didn't come back.

That's the ratings story for ABC's "Cavemen" so far, with the show's 18-to-49 tally dropping 29 percent to a 2.5 in its second week. High viewer curiosity from the unique sitcom concept based on the popular Geico commercials likely fueled initial tune-in, but how many viewers would stick around after getting a gander at the show was always a key question. "Cavemen" companion "Carpoolers" fared better—dropping 20 percent to a 2.8.

Fox easily won the night with "Bones" (3.1) and "House" (7.3) improving slightly this week.

NBC was second with "The Singing Bee" (2.1) followed by "The Biggest Loser" (2.7) and the highest-rated "Law & Order: SVU" since February (4.9).

ABC was third with their aforementioned comedies, "Dancing With the Stars" results show (4.0) and "Boston Legal" (2.8).

Coming in fourth place, CBS was down slightly this week with "NCIS" (3.4), "The Unit" (3.0) and "Cane" (2.3, falling for the third week in a row).

The CW had another night of modest third-week gains, with "Beauty and the Geek" up a notch this week in the demo (1.5) and adults 18 to 34 (1.7). "Reaper" stabilized in the demo (1.3) and was up slightly in 18 to 34 (1.4).
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